The boys track team closed out their indoor season Friday on a high note at the Shirk Center. The boys sent home four medal winners and toppled two school records. Additionally, four different events set indoor bests, and one athlete had a lifetime bet effort.
The action started in the high jump, where junior Tristen Tewes took home fourth place honors with a 6'3" jump. Teammate Zach Ely jumped 5'11", which was good enough for 9th place. From there, junior Keagan Halford made his Illinois Top Time debut with a 9.09 mark, which is good enough for 14th in the state. Sam McAfee then made his open event ITT debut in the 60 meter dash, running 7.35 seconds which was good for 15th in the state. Junior Steven Melin then went on to run a blistering 10 minutes and 21.59 seconds in the 3200 meter run, which is a lifetime best regardless of the season. This effort secured 14th in the state for Melin. Junior Otis Sanders also competed in the 1600 meter run, and his time of 4 minutes and 46.70 seconds secured 13th in the state.
Pleasant Plains did the most damage in the relays. The meet started off fast as the quartet of sophomore Nick Sunley, senior Brock Brummett, junior Otis Sanders, and senior Luke McGraw ran an indoor school record of 8:25.77 seconds. The time was nearly a second better than the old school record, which was set by the outdoor state champion team of Mitch Johnson, Daniel Plunkett, David Plunkett, and Tyler Johnson. The record holding quartet brought home Pleasant Plains' only indoor title in the 4x800 meter run. Their time was better than any outdoor time the same quartet ran in the previous year, save for their state finals effort.
From there, Sam McAfee, Hunter Tapscott, Lucas Western, and Jonah Miller broke the 1:35 barrier for only the second time in Pleasant Plains' history, running 1:34.95 in the 4x200 meter relay. This time secured the team 3rd place. The only team to run faster in school history consisted of Jake McNamara, Taylor Ray, Josh Cornett, and George Wayda, who won the same event in 2012 with a time of 1:34.52.
The 4x400 ended the night with another school record, running 3:34.15 to place third in a blistering 4x400 meter relay. The quartet consisted of junior Sam McAfee, who led off in 51.8 seconds, senior Jonah Miller, who split a lifetime indoor PR of 52.8 seconds, junior Jack McFadden who ran 55.4 seconds, and senior Luke McGraw, who split 53.7. The team broke the year old record of 3:34.58 set by McAfee, David Shultz, McFadden, and McGraw.
The boys will open their outdoor season Saturday at the Greenville Invite.